The TTOR shorebird techs had been waiting to see what would hatch from under the Black Skimmer pair out at Norton Point at Katama Bay inside the southeast corner of Martha’s Vineyard. The birds had laid one egg, annexed two Least Tern eggs into their nest and laid a second of their own. According to observers, one or two of the tern eggs hatched but did not make it for long. One of the skimmer eggs hatched into a healthy chick, which we saw today. We were told a second pair had arrived and laid eggs – it turned out to be three of them. Four of us, including Martin, the Swedish Phd candidate taking a three week intensive on molecular biology over in Woods Hole at the Marine Biology Lab, then discovered a third pair of skimmers in residence. All very exciting. The skimmers are incredible on the wing!
Three adults are a little tight, but not so bad:
The casual ease of flight:
This is for the guys who went out with me today:
Best shot – a trio of grace on the wing:
Birds are cool! Lanny
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